Psychology is essential in helping to describe and explain behavior. Often correct explanations will help to predict and possible modify future behavior, such as avoiding bad choices or guiding children as they develop.

The Psychology Program at Midland College includes an introduction to the field as well as several more specific courses dealing with child and lifespan development, social interactions with others, and human sexuality. These courses are designed to help the student find practical application of psychological principles to their own daily lives.

If you are interested in the human mind and behavior and want to use science to solve problems, a degree in psychology is a good option. It can open the door to more education and many career opportunities. It should give you skills in critical thinking, communication, social responsibility, and also empirical and quantitative skills.

Coach counseling student athlete Artistic impression of the mind at work Psychologist comforting a patient

Program Details

Click Links Below For Details


To be considered for a scholarship, please follow the link below:

General Scholarships

Midland College has articulation agreements with a variety of schools and programs to assist our students with transferring to a university. Our curriculum maps, located in the catalog, provide a guided path for general transfer to our top five receiving institutions; however, your Pathways Advisor can assist you with a personalized plan for your specific transfer based on university and program. It is strongly recommended and encouraged that you contact your Pathways Advisor for assistance with course selection if you plan to transfer.

Business – usually a Bachelor’s degree

  • Psychological testing for job candidates, employee assistance services, human resources.
  • Industrial and organizational psychology to increase productivity, test products and to identify best fit of employees for particular jobs and tasks within an organization.
  • Training, marketing and sales.

Education – usually a Master’s degree

  • Assess students’ abilities.
  • Develop curriculum and guide program evaluation.
  • Consult with teachers on the learning and behavior needs of students and develop educational environments to meet those needs.
  • Support effective partnerships between parents and educators or other caretakers.
  • Become administrators and guidance counselors, depending on the requirements of a school district.

Health – Master’s degree or Ph.D. required

  • Clinical psychologists and health psychologists work on integrated health care teams providing what has become known as patient-centered or whole-person health care.
  • Provide direct services to people, they also conduct research to see how health and illness are affected by biology, relationships, behavior and other factors.

Environment – usually a Bachelor’s degree

  • Working on how human behavior impacts climate and environmental issues.
  • Contribute to the fields of urban planning, environmental design and environmental health.

Performance Psychology – Bachelor’s or master’s degree

  • Work with athletes at all levels of amateur and professional play in areas related to motivation, Injury and rehabilitation, athlete counseling, talent evaluations, adherence to training regimens, athlete self-perceptions and youth athletics.
  • Work with other professionals whose jobs demand a high level of performance — from corporate CEOs to artistic performers.

Public Safety – Bachelor’s or master’s degree

  • Criminal profiling in forensic and public service psychology.
  • Child safety and custody, insurance, trial competence.
  • Trauma counseling, working with the military and emergency psychological services.


Bachelor’s degree:  4 yr. degree

Master’s degree:  2 yr. degree after Bachelor’s degree

Doctoral degree:  5-7 yr. degree after Bachelor’s degree

  • Natalie Portman – Academy Award-winning actress
  • Jerry Bruckheimer – Television and film producer
  • Wes Craven – writer and director
  • Gloria Estefan – Cuban American singer, a seven-time Grammy winner
  • Irene Rosenfeld – CEO of Kraft foods, businessperson
  • Jonathan Kellerman – psychologist, author, novelist
  • Jon Stewart – comedian, political satirist, and host of The Daily Show
  • Dr. Phil – American television personality and author
  • Selma Blair – American film, television, & theater actress
  • James Dimon – CEO of JPMorgan Chase, businessperson, banker
  • Chesley Sullenberger – American airline pilot who successfully landed on the Hudson River
  • Natalie Coughlin – American competitive swimmer & winner of 12 Olympic medals
  • Yanni – Greek-American composer and performer
  • Dr. Steve Thomas – President of Midland College

Visit the course catalog for the most complete and up-to-date information. 



Department Chair

Sonya Laster
Marie Hall Academic Building
Room 163
(432) 685-6885  


Psychology Faculty Contact Information

Division Office

Social & Behavioral Sciences and Business

Marie Hall Academic Building
Room 152
(432) 685-6829
Building Floor Plan




Apply to MC Now

Thank you for choosing Midland College! If you are here to collect a few credits, take courses to transfer, or here to start a new career, we welcome you.

How to Apply